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Thank you to everyone who backed this project. It is live now at the www.PostOfficeTrial.com where you can read every court report for free, sign up to get them in your inbox and, if you want to, make a contribution. Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who backed this project. It is live now at the www.PostOfficeTrial.com where you can read every court report for free, sign up to get them in your inbox and, if you want to, make a contribution. Thank you!
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    The thank you selfie

    I will email, tweet or instagram you a photo of me giving you a thumbs up/wearing a silly wig/doing my "seriousjournalist" face. The choice is yours. Donate £3 and collect the set.

    A silly idea? Of course it is. You'd be much better off backing me at £20. That's where I really need you.

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    Fame at last

    I will post your message and/or a picture of you on the postofficetrial.com website.

    The photo and message must be supplied by you. Photos of other people and/or things can be submitted instead, but you must own the copyright (ie you must have taken the photo) and if it features someone who isn't you, you must confirm you have their permission for me to post the image to the postofficetrial.com website.

    Images and messages will be moderated for inappropriate content. If I think your image or message is inappropriate and you are not willing to make changes, neither will be posted and you will be refunded minus a 30% admin fee.

    There. I've managed to make a simple, fun idea sound quite boring and complicated. You'd be much better off backing me at £20. That's where I really need you.

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    All the emails

    Both the above rewards (if that's your thing) plus an email direct to your inbox automatically sent the moment I update the postofficetrial.com blog.

    Get every twist and turn of the trial as it happens! (free email subscribers only get pinged once a day).

    PLUS if you can back the kickstarter at this level you will get a complementary secret email sent directly to your inbox in the run up to the trial and daily throughout November. This will not be published on postofficetrial.com

    The secret email will give a fuller and more informal insight into the joy of attending court and reporting on one of the most extraordinary trials this century.

    You will also receive a warm and fuzzy feeling which comes from knowing your contribution is also funding the publicly available blog posts, the main product of this kickstarter.

    PLEASE NOTE: You can donate completely anonymously, your name will not appear anywhere, and the only person who will see your details is me.

    If just 150 people take me up on this, the project is go.

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    Everyone back to mine

    On the evening of Saturday 2 Feb 2019 you will be warmly welcomed into my home or a nearby venue for food, refreshments and sparkling conversation.

    Over said refreshments you can mingle with your fellow kickstarter backers, find out what moved them to contribute and just feel generally righteous for having funded some (by then, no doubt) deeply influential public interest journalism.

    If this reward gets more than two backers, it's happening. If it gets one, I'm taking you to the pub.

    Please bear in mind I live in Walton-on-Thames so if you want to do this, factor in the travel and possible need for overnight accommodation, which, of course, will be down to you.

    If just 30 people take me up on this, the kickstarter will be funded.

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    The tip service

    For news orgs.

    According to the Daily Mail this story "quite likely represents one of the most widespread miscarriages of justice in the UK this century" (p32, 25 April 2015).

    The forthcoming trial will go some way towards finding out if the Daily Mail's assessment is accurate, with a host of fascinating human interest stories told along the way.

    There are big sums at stake here, and the Post Office could face paying tens of millions of pounds in damages. A British institution risks being permanently discredited. Equally, it could be fully exonerated.

    Whilst I have some personal sympathy for some of the people I have met and the grim situation they found themselves in (what human being wouldn't?), I have a professional duty to them and all parties to report everything that happens in court objectively and fairly.

    I will be your eyes and ears in the courtroom for the duration of the trial. I know all the key players, and I can give you the interviewees and contacts you need for on and off-the-record comment.

    I will help your planning operation by giving you information on scheduled witnesses and tip you off if there's a sudden development. I can advise on what resources you might consider committing to each day of the trial depending on its likely newsworthiness. I will also warn you when things are about to getting very interesting or (whisper it) procedural and dull.

    Your £250 is insurance against missing anything of note throughout the trial.

    I am an experienced newsgatherer and I am familiar with the ways of the High Court.
    Have a look at postofficetrial.com for links to my cv and previous work on the story.

    If you subscribe to the tip service, you can have me on call 24/7 to give you the info and the angle you need to do this story justice.

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    The talk

    Once the trials are over I will come and give you or your club/association a historical overview of the Post Office Horizon story, how I came to be involved in it and a personal debrief on my experience of attending the trials.

    This will take the form of a spoken presentation supported by visual material followed by a Q&A.

    Total running time will be 40 - 60 minutes. Other subject areas and formats can be prepared by mutual agreement.

    Venue and out-of-pocket expenses (eg travel) will be borne by you or your association.

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    The half day training course

    As well as being a freelance reporter, I am a public-speaking/live presentation trainer. Look! Here is a testimonial to prove it:

    "Nick provided us with an engaging presentation skills workshop earlier this year, which included a group session and one-on-one tutorials. We found Nick to be very professional and attentive and many of the tips and tricks he relayed in his critique have already proved helpful at subsequent events. He is a supportive coach and follows his own advice of preparation being key to success, taking the time to get to know our business in advance of the workshop and providing detailed follow-ups afterwards."

    For £1,000 I will prepare and deliver a 4 hour training course for you and/or your colleagues.

    Participants will improve every aspect of their ability to speak to live audiences through classroom training and practical exercises.

    Communicating through the media can form part of the training schedule on request.

    Venue and out-of-pocket expenses (eg travel) will be borne by you or your organisation.

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    The full day training course

    As well as being a freelance reporter, I am a public-speaking/live presentation trainer. Here's a different testimonial from the one above. Also from a genuine client:

    "Public speaking training with Nick Wallis was a truly uplifting experience. Being an ex- international sportsperson turned business owner, it is easy to assume that presenting to an audience comes naturally to me. In fact, the truth is quite the opposite... Through Nick’s unwavering patience, calm coaching style and natural charisma, he was able to gradually and systematically help me to formulate my life story, drawing out the important events, delving into the relevant detail and helping me to prioritise and deliver my key messages, all the while challenging me and encouraging me to improve my public speaking abilities."

    For £1,500 I will prepare and deliver a full day seven hour training course for you and/or your colleagues.

    Participants will improve every aspect of their ability to speak to live audiences through classroom training and practical exercises.

    Communicating through the media can form part of the training schedule on request.

    Venue and out-of-pocket expenses (eg travel) will be borne by you or your organisation.

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